My fascination with talented artist htrspltn (real name Ivan Zhurovich) only increased after I learnt a little more about him. From what I understand based on my Grade- A research, htrspltn is a musician based in the small city of Ulan-Ude (Улан-Удэ) in an isolated part of Russia. Having released two albums on his Bandcamp page, the wonderful people over at dmtapes have released an anthology of 26 music recordings between 2012 and 2014. Blended effortlessly together, the project in question is titled Oмут, at features dark, layered and dense electronic production, with hints of jazzy undertones and eerie vocals.
As dmtapes describe it, the music is “a complex web of thoughts, feelings, and associations. Beauty and morbidity are conflated by htrspltn’s discussion of the bodily differences between “inside” and “out” — or, more accurately, by speaking of their erasure. htrspltn is somewhat like a pornographic actor–except for the fact those people offer audiences their naked body, whereas htrspltn offers, instead, the nakedness of internal experience.”
With heavy production, groovy rhythms and infectious beats, htrspltn’s music requires a certain amount of attention and patience to listen to, but it is worth it when you really let the atmosphere of the music take over your spirit. This is perfect mood music for the cold, late night walks home, and it feels like winter music, which is unsurprising considering the fact that Ivan Zhurovich basically lives in Siberia.
So definitely check this anthology out and listen to his previous works as well. A big shoutout to dmtapes,who have been supporting independent beatmakers for a while now.